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Summary: Spike has settled into Sunnydale and has found a place for himself with Xander. Only problem is the Anointed One has unknowingly created a major road block for them.
Chapter Summary: Xander convinces William to theme with him for Halloween.
Notes: I'd like to thank kimalis for helping me out with Spike's slang and bringing detail to me jumbled mind. Then I'd like to thank Buffyworld for episode guides. I didn't really like Reptile Boy, it's stricken from my verse.
Beer bottles were littered around him. Xander was supposed to be here several hours ago for a game of pool. Their friendship was already rocky and the more they tried the worse it seemed to get. William was sipping his beer when Cordelia sat beside him. He looked at her.
“Hello,” he said.
“Hey,” she said with a smile.
“Isn’t the Bronze so not happening? This is so lame. I don’t know even know why I’m here.”
“I do not know why you are here either, if that helps.”
“I mean, I’m supposed to be waiting for Devon. Just because he’s in a band doesn’t mean he can flake on me.”
William laughed, “Always liked how you never listened to a word I say.”
“But, his lose is your gain, what are you up to?”
“Eating lint from the pockets of my trousers.”
“That’s great! So, Devon got this new car and you should have seen!”
“It was made out of cheese, was it not? I bet it was made of cheese.”
“He got this car that had ‘leather’ seating. If that was leather seating then those cows were made out of plastic. Do you know what I’m saying?”
“I really have no idea.”
Xander walked up to the table with his drink. He gave Cordelia an odd look before sitting next to William.
“Don’t you have a boyfriend or something? Can you stop drooling over my friend?”
“It’s a free country; I can drool over whoever I want.” Cordelia got up. “Love the look, by the way. It screams circus freak.”
Xander pouted and sipped his Coke. William looked at him sympathetically.
“I do not think you look like a circus freak. I think you look very dashing.”
“That’s really sweet, Will, but a lie. I tore my shirt during patrol.”
“Maybe if it was not so loose.”
“Thanks, I think I’m going to go home.”
“I thought we had a…”
“This isn’t a date. I told you were just friends and not to expect more. This isn’t a date, so don’t call it a date. Because, you know, it’s just not one.”
Xander finished his Coke and left the table before William could say another word. He sighed as Cordelia rejoined him.
“Wow, that was harsh. Want me to buy you a cappuccino?”
Spike slinked over the roof; he didn’t know why he was following the whelp. He was with his friend and there was no way he’d be able to turn him with him there, but he stood on the roofs and listened to the private conversation that Xander was having with Jesse anyway.
“I don’t get it,” Xander said.
“Maybe you’re not gay. Maybe you were just attracted to Spike. You know, leather clad badass. Now you have William with his proper speak and everything else. You’re just not attracted to that.”
“It’s not that. Okay, maybe it is. But, he’s so openly sweet. I liked Spike’s cocky sweet. You know, how he knew he did well then he’d just have to brag about it. I miss that. William is just too humble.”
Spike laughed. The whelp missed him.
“Yeah, William is a nice guy. Think he was always like that? The way he talks you’d think he’d be more stuck up and all that.”
“Well, maybe there’s more to William. You know, like some dark hidden secret that he secretly was a jerk and slept around and-”
“That is so unlikely. Maybe we can find a way to bring the two back together. I still think it’s so odd that William is Spike’s soul. Do you know how it happened?”
Spike felt himself growl. The prat had hit him with an axe. There was no way he was getting back together with William.
“I don’t know. I really don’t care. I also don’t know if I want them back together. I would like to know more about their past, but I don’t want to ask him though. It just seems like it would be awkward.”
“Maybe the Watcher’s diaries. You know, I’m sure they have a lot of information about William before he became The Bloody.”
“This might be leftovers from the hyena, but I prefer the vampire part of him.” Spike swelled. “That’s the part I like. I want to find out more about that part of him.”
“Don’t tell William that.”
“Yeah, he’d probably have a hissy fit or something.”
William had woken up angry. It was still early afternoon and Xander would not be home from school yet and it mattered. It mattered a lot. He set up the punching bag that Spike used to beat up and stared at it. He pictured it was Xander.
“NOT A DATE!” He screamed at it.
He hit it hard and it swung back violently. He moved to the side and avoided it when it swung forward in an attempt to retaliate. He kicked it and felt good. He kept hitting the punching bag and pretending it was Xander.
“It was not even like we were on a date. We weren’t meeting for a date. We were meeting for pool. But, of course we’ve counted those as dates before when I was ‘Spike’. Still, gave him no right to question my intentions and leave me.” He continued to punch it, his hands were bruising. “I had to spend all night with Cordelia Chase! Sometimes that woman makes me want to bite people!”
He glared at the punching bag. His hands were raw. He went into the bathroom and looked into the mirror. He just was not there. He was a human soul! He should be in a human body with a human reflection! He had been separated from that vampire’s body and given his own. Why could he not have gotten a human body? It was not fair. He punched the mirror and shattered it. He growled in anger and picked the glass from his wound. He wrapped it in a towel from under the sink and went to lie on the bed. He closed his eyes and what seemed like minutes when it was probably hours later, Xander came down the stairs.
“What happened to your hand?”
William rolled over so he was not facing Xander. He was just so angry. He opened his eyes and stared down the wall. He was going to ignore Xander for all it was worth.
“Have you ever been trick-or-treating?” Xander asked him.
“It is a bloody stupid holiday that vampires do not celebrate.”
“Oh. Well, see. I got roped into trick-or-treating for my school with these kids and I was wondering if you wanted to come with me.”
“Frankly Xander, you can go right to Hell.”
“We can theme. Switch roles. I’ll be a vampire and you can be a human. It’ll be fun.”
“I said no.”
“I don’t want to do this alone. I’m sorry about what I said at the Bronze. It was just Cordelia. She always makes me so upset sometimes. I’ll let you pick out my costume and have first dibs on my candy.”
“Even the chocolate bars?”
“Will!” He whined.
“Even the chocolate bars.”
“Fine, just please. Come with me.”
“Alright, but only because I am getting your chocolate bars.”
William was looking through the different costumes. He picked up a pair of false vampire teeth. He did not like the looks of the vampire costumes in the shop. He decided to buy the rest of Xander’s costume at a different shop. Maybe he would buy leather. He had saved up some money since working for Giles. Now the only problem was dressing human. How would he dress human? He already dressed like a human.
“Can I help you?” The shop keeper asked him.
“I want to go as a human but you do not have any…”
“I think I can help, Master Vampire.”
“Thank you. I will not rip your throat out,” William said trying to sound tough.
The shop keeper laughed, “I’m Ethan. I have novelty IDs. I can make you one.”
Ethan led William to the backroom. William decided on a fake id to Sunnydale University and a driver’s license. Ethan filled in the data and took a Polaroid picture of William. He worked carefully and pieced together the IDs. Ethan handed them to William. They looked horrible, but at least he had something for his costume. They went around to the front and William paid. He tried to leave, but three Scoobies entered.
“William! Hey!” Jesse said. “What are you doing here?”
William showed him the fake fangs and licenses he bought, “Shopping for Halloween costumes. Xander and I are going to ‘theme’. I am going as a typical American and he is going as a vampire.”
“He mentioned that,” Jesse said. “He’s really excited. He’s working out a whole back story.”
“I think it’s weird,” Buffy commented. “Why is he hanging out with you so much? A few weeks ago you couldn’t stand each other now you’re theme-ing costumes like you’re dating.” She looked at him wide-eyed. “You two aren’t dating, are you? Because Xander has this vampire kick. I don’t know if you know, but Spike was his ex-boyfriend.”
“I am fully aware of Xander’s ex-boyfriend,” William growled.
“Hey, Buffy,” Willow said. “Let’s theme too. We could both be ghosts. Oh, I could be the ghost of Halloween past and you could be the ghost of Halloween future.”
“Willow, Halloween is an excuse for average girls to dress like sluts,” Buffy explained. “I am not giving up my right to dress as ‘Slutty the Vampire Slayer’.”
“Oh, I don’t think I’d be a good slutty Willow.”
“I think you’d look great,” Jesse said.
Willow blushed and smiled at him, “You think so? Well, then I guess I could try it.”
Buffy grinned and dragged Willow off to find their costumes. William rolled his eyes and Jesse laughed.
“What costume did you pick out?” William asked.
“Well, since I don’t have a fabulous vampire to buy me my costume. I had to bargain bag it. I got fatigues from an Army Surplus at home. Now I’m here to buy the fake toy gun to throw the whole thing together.”
“I could buy you the gun.”
“Nah, it’s alright. I money I saved up and I’m going to buy the gun myself. It’s a pride thing.”
“Ah, well, I need to get to the sewer entrance. It is around back.”
“Okay, well, see you tonight.”
Spike rewound the tape and watched the slayer again. He paused it when she used the sign post to stake the vampire she was defending against.
“She’s gotten better,” Spike commented. “A lot better. The little bitch is clever. Put in the tape where the slayerettes join her. I want to see that one again.”
As the minion ran to switch the tapes, Drusilla breezed into the room. She gave a quizzical look at the television monitor that Spike had set up then came over to stand perfectly still at his side.
“Miss Edith says that you’ve been playing without her.”
“I haven’t, poodle. I’ve just been watching the slayer and your kitten.” He motioned to the video now playing on the screen. “See, there’s your kitten. He’s waiting for you.”
She touched the screen and laughed, “Again. I want to see it again!”
He rewound the tape and Drusilla whimpered as a sandy-haired vampire came on the screen. Spike hadn’t even realized William was there until Drusilla started clawing at the screen.
“What’s wrong? Want me to turn it off?”
“William! My sweet William!” She cried. “He was the only one who loved my insides. He loved every bit of me, even the parts he couldn’t see.”
He grabbed her and pulled her away from the screen, “I love your insides too. From eyeballs to entrails, poodle. Trust me when I say I do. Then when I kill the slayer, you’ll have your dark kitten and the run of Sunnyhell. That’ll all be me, not William.”
She grinned, “Everything’s switching. They’ll be weak, even the slayer.”
“Did you have a vision, pet?”
“Miss Edith is calling for her tea. I must go to her.”
“Later, pet. When is this happening? When is the slayer going to be weak?”
“Tomorrow,” Drusilla pouted and wanted to go back to her dolls.
“Tomorrow is Halloween, nothing happens on Halloween. Every self-respecting vampire-”
“Someone’s come, someone new. Dollies now, Spike? Please?”
He let go of her, “Alright, have fun with your tea set.”
She scuttled off leaving Spike very depressed and lonely. He growled and smashed the screen of the television. What did William have that he didn’t have, well besides the human soul?
Buffy inspected her costume in the mirror as Willow hid in the closet. She wondered if she should just go as slutty or add a stake to make her a slutty vampire slayer. She thought about it and didn’t exactly want to lug around a stake all night.
“Come on. You are my slutty friend. Don’t you want Xander to notice you?”
“The only way Xander would notice me is if you promised him I turned into a guy. Besides, I don’t like Xander like that anymore.”
“Oh, then who was this slutty dress-up for?”
“No one in particular.”
“Jesse and Xander are here!” Buffy heard Joyce call up the stairs.
Willow came out of the closet looking as equally slutty as Buffy, “Jesse is here?”
Buffy grinned, “I see. The crushage has changed a bit.”
“I really do belong in this costume. I’m such a, well you know. First it’s Xander, now it’s Jesse. Then Jesse likes Cordelia, so I’d never have a chance.”
“If he sees you in that, he’ll forget all about Cordelia. I’ll meet you downstairs. Okay? Remember, deep breaths.”
Buffy left Willow and hopped down the stairs. She saw the boys waiting for her.
“Wow, Buff. That looks great. I renounce cocks; I’m coming back to the straight side just for you.”
“I feel so honored, Xander.”
“So, are you Slutty the Vampire Slayer?” Jesse asked.
“Nah, just Slutty. You should see Willow. She’s a-” She looked back and saw Willow in a full body ghost costume. “She’s a ghost.”
“Hi everyone,” she gave a small wave without letting her hand come out from under her sheet. “Where’s William? I thought you were theme-ing. Oh, and nice leather pants, Xander.”
Xander blushed, “He’s meeting up with us after the sun goes down. William bought the pants, though. He thought I should be embarrassed beyond belief for yelling at him at the Bronze.”
Buffy looked Xander up and down just noticing he was wearing leather pants and tight cotton shirt.
“You still renouncing cocks? I could really use a date.”
“Offer came and went. Let’s get going before Snyder chews us out. That man really scares me.”
Xander watched as the last rays of sun disappeared and William appeared at his side. He was wearing a letterman’s jacket with jeans and a green button down shirt. Xander wondered if William was above stealing when William plucked at the jacket.
“Cordy got it for me after I explained. She can be sweet at times.”
“All the other times she’s completely self-absorbed.”
Xander stayed back as the trick-or-treaters ran to the next house.
“Well, yes and at times she makes me want to bite people, but she means well.”
“Like when she called me a circus freak.”
“You were rude to her first and you are not wearing the teeth I bought you.”
Xander snorted and pulled them out of his jacket pocket, “They hurt.”
“You said you would wear the costume I picked out. That is apart of- That is my jacket.”
“Is it? I didn’t notice.” He popped the teeth.
“You look exactly like a real vampire.”
“Fangks a lot.”
“Clever and charming, you must drive all the girl vampires wild.”
“I’m really more into the boy vampires.”
William froze and felt a shiver run up his spine, “Did you feel that?”
“Something is off. I don’t know-”
Xander snarled at him and vamped out. William screamed and fell backwards.
“What are you?”
“Vampire and I’m a bit hungry.”
William scrambled back, “You don’t want to eat me. I’m not delicious or nutritious. Please, just back off.”
Willow ran up to them, she wasn’t her ghost costume anymore. She was in the slutty costume that she originally bought with Buffy.
“Thank goodness I found you,” she said. “I think something happened.” She leaned in to help William up but her hand went right though him.
“A ghost!” He screamed. “This is too wild. I’m out of here!”
He got up and ran away. Xander growled at her.
“Stupid ghost! You made my meal get away.”
“Oh, no. Listen Xander. You’re not a real vampire. I dressed up like a ghost and now I’m a ghost. William dressed up like a teenager and I’m guessing from his use of contractions, he is one. Now see you dressed up like a vampire and now you are one. See? So you aren’t really one. Let’s find Buffy and-”
Willow ducked as she heard gun shots. Xander hissed and ran off. Jesse came towards her.
“Are you alright, Miss? I suggest you find cover. I don’t know what’s going on, but it sure as Hell isn’t good.”
“Jesse, it’s Willow. Don’t you recognize me?”
“I don’t know any Willow.” She touched him and he hand went through him. He jumped in alarm. “You’re one of them!”
“No! I’m good! I’m like Casper!”
He lowered his gun the raised it again, “Look out, Miss Casper!”
He went to fire but Willow stepped in his way, “Don’t shoot! Those are kids! Those are kids! Oh, um, lower your weapon! That’s an order!”
He lowered his weapon, “Gez, Lady. Pushy much?”
“We have to find – Buffy!?”
Buffy was walking up to them with a bit of swing in her step. She popped some gum she had it in her mouth and twirled it around her finger, making eyes at Jesse.
“Hey there, stud. Wanna know what’s it like to be with a real woman?”
Jesse stiffened, “Ma’am, I’m on duty and there are civilians I need to protect.”
Buffy leaned against his chest, “Why can’t I help protect you?”
“Buffy this is no time to be, well, slutty,” Willow said. “We have to find William and-”
William came running up and hid behind Jesse, “Man with gun, protect me.”
Jesse fired off a few rounds at the little demons that were chasing William. Buffy grinned and felt William’s arm.
“Hey,” she said to him.
William grinned, “Hey. So, um, need someone to protect you?”
“You like to get right down to business, don’t you?”
“We do not have time for hormonal teenagers or just all of this! We need to find cover!”
“Miss Casper is right. Do you know any place close by that could act as cover?”
“I think I know a place.”
Xander growled as he walked down the street. Besides that worm there was no one to snack on and that stupid ghost and that stupid man had scared him off. He grinned as he smelt a familiar scent. It was his sire. He turned around to see Spike walking down the street towards him.
“Well, now. Looks like the dark kitten has finally been turned. Who can I thank for saving me the trouble?” He stopped then narrowed his eyes at Xander. “What the bloody hell? I don’t remember siring you.”
“Don’t give me that shit. You sired me in the 1900’s after you killed your first slayer. It was the Boxer Rebellion, you were particularly horny and Dru just didn’t cut. Met the American who had just happen to staying with his English friends and had the nice ass. You kidnapped me, raped me, then turned me. That was fun though. We should go home and see if Dru will give us a bit of privacy.”
“You’re touched in the head, mate. That never happened.”
“I hate playing this fucking game. Can we just get to the shagging? Please? You’re worse than Miss Edith sometimes.”
“Alright, mate. Maybe I’m a bit touched in the head.”
“Let’s just go home. We can deal with the slayer later.”
Xander rolled his eyes, “I cannot believe my sire. You’re always such the errand boy.”
“I ain’t an errand boy. Going to take you to the warehouse and fuck you to within an inch of your unlife.”
“I’m bored now,” Xander said. “Let’s go kill something.”
Spike glared. He knew it was mojo that had turned the boy because there was no way he had turned Xander in the 1900’s. But, it was such an elaborate back story. He had to have planned it, at least a little bit. Wasn’t like magick to over complicate things. It wouldn’t have given the whelp a back story or a sire; he would have just been a vampire, like one of those newly popped fledges. No senses and just hunger for blood.
“Right, kill something. That seems like fun.”
“I’m not saying I’m not attracted to you. It’s just when you went into kiss me-”
“He’s saying he’s gay,” said an annoyed Cordelia.
She had been sitting in the house waiting for Willow to come back for what seemed like hours. Solider boy Jesse was hot, but teenage William and slutty Buffy were getting on her last nerves. Buffy’s latest attempt to coax the teenage hormone fest resulted in screaming. William seemed completely willing until it got to the actual kissing part.
“I’m not gay, it’s just I’m saving it for when I am dating someone special.”
“What you want to pin me?” Buffy said with a smile. “Because you can pin me if you want.”
“Miss Casper said to alert,” Jesse said. “This does not seem like alert.”
“I agree with Jesse,” Cordelia said. “I don’t want to get eaten because of Slutty.”
“Hey! Okay, I am a bit slutty.” The lights went off and she grabbed Cordelia. “What was that?”
Cordelia pushed her off her, “Off me! Ew. You touched me. Now I feel like I need a shower.”
“Right,” Jesse said. “Looks like the monsters have cut the power. Catwoman, you’re with me here. Son, go secure the kitchen with Slutty.”
Cordelia watched them walk into the kitchen and Cordelia sat watching Jesse as he secured the barricade.
“So, what’s your back story?”
“My back story? What’s that?”
“You know, who you are, what you’ve been doing for the past couple of years.”
“Oh.” He thought. “If I told you, I’d have to kill you.”
“You don’t know, do you?”
Buffy came screaming through the kitchen, “He’s gone! That kid that was here, he ran. We were attacked and he ran out the door!”
“Great, now we have to go look for him,” Cordelia said.
Xander withdrew his hands from Spike’s pants and sniffed the air cautiously. The back alley they were in was near a warehouse in the business district of Sunnydale. It was secluded enough where they didn’t have to worry about being bothered while Xander played with Spike’s body.
“Fuck,” Spike said. “If this is your idea of killing something-”
“I smell William.”
“Yeah? So, do I. Let’s get back to my cock, shall we?”
“He’s human. I can smell it.” Xander grinned. “Drusilla wants us to turn him while he’s human.”
“Now look who’s turned into Drusilla’s errand boy.”
“I’m being selfish. I want a Spike sandwich.”
He growled and bit Spike’s neck. Spike moaned and leaned into Xander.
“Right then. We’ll go turn my soul and make a night of it.”
Xander withdrew his fangs, “I mourned for you when you got your soul back.”
“Did you, pet?”
Xander nodded. Spiked closed his eyes and rested his head in the nape of Xander’s neck. If only this was real. Xander was such a loyal childe and Spike had to admit, he was excellent at getting Spike off. He didn’t know if was the three months that had been together previously or the ninety years that they had supposedly spent together that made Xander so good at pleasing him, but he honestly didn’t care. He just wanted more.
“He’ll be gone soon,” Xander stroked his hair. “Sire, soon all that will be left is a memory of him and I’ll fuck that away from you too.”
“And so Giles went to Ethan’s place to put a stop to all this because that’s why you didn’t transform. You bought your costume at-”
“That’s great, Willow. Glad to see lack of oxygen hasn’t stopped your babbling fits. But, I really need you to shut up now.”
Cordelia was trying to hold down the barricade with Jesse as the monsters pounded on the doors to get in. They had been out looking for William while trying to avoid getting attacked by the wild monsters which were now loose on the town. When they finally found him, William had taken refugee in a warehouse. The monsters had been too close behind and Jesse had ordered a barricade be built to keep them all safe. Buffy screamed as the wall broke beside her and monsters started pouring in. Two particular vampires were in the lead.
“Well, well. A human vampire and a slayerless slayer, our lucky night,” Spike said.
“The one in the cat suit is bringing up this desire to rip her throat out,” Xander said.
“It’s Halloween. Might as well indulge.”
Xander stalked towards Cordelia and she panicked. She kicked him in the stomach. Xander doubled over as the high heel made contact with him. She ran and he chased. Spike came up to the sniveling William.
“Now that’s how I remember you.” Spike picked him up and leaned in. “Your mummy missed you. Allow me to take you home.”
William shifted into game face and tilted his head, “Sorry, but I am not going home to ‘mummy’ so you can tell Drusilla, as you would so colourfully put it, to ‘bugger off’.”
His head collided with Spike’s and Spike was knocked back. William was dropped to the ground. He rolled until he was on his feet again and growling at Spike. Cordelia put an arm on his shoulder. William shook off his game face and looked at the terrified kids that were standing around him. William turned his attention back to Spike, but he was already gone.
“My stomach hurts,” Xander said spitting out his fake teeth.
Cordelia forced a fake smile, “Sorry about that.”
Buffy shivered, “Ug, I need a few long showers. A lot of very long showers.”
“You remember what happened?”
“Yeah,” Jesse said tossing his toy gun aside. “It was like I was in there and watching someone else move my body around. It was creepy.”
“Well, I am going to go. I’ve spent enough time with you losers as it is.”
“Want me to walk you home?”
Cordelia stormed out and Buffy patted Jesse’s shoulder.
“You can walk me home. Besides, you can help me deliver these kids back to their rightful place.”
“I save the day and I get stuck with the clean up, great. You going to help, Xander?”
“Yeah,” Xander said looking at William. “Go on ahead. I’ll catch up.”
Jesse nodded, “Don’t stay out too late. “
“Nah, I won’t. Go on and have fun with the kiddies.”
Jesse laughed and left with Buffy. William shifted awkwardly.
“Willow must be in her own body now,” William said with a cough.
“I didn’t mean for any of this to happen,” Xander said.
“I know. It was strange to say the least.”
“I forced you to come and dress up like that, now I don’t even have any candy to say I’m sorry. If there is anyway I can make it up to you, let me know.”
William leaned in and gave Xander a quick kiss. Xander instinctively reached up and deepened the kiss. William pressed his tongue against the boy’s lips and they parted. He drove his tongue in and explored Xander’s mouth. Xander moaned and reached a hand up and entwined it into William’s hair. William pushed back and broke the kiss. Xander looked at him wide-eyed.
“You are forgiven,” William said.
He walked off and Xander found himself frozen in place. He put a hand to his mouth. He had just kissed William and enjoyed it.
“This is royally fucked up,” he said to himself.